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2010 Wedding Trend: The Year of the Bird!

Apr 10

It might be the year of the tiger according to the Chinese New Year, but when it comes to weddings, this year…birds rule! Touches of their winged spirit can be seen in everything from spring and summer wedding favors to wedding invitations. Moving beyond the traditional love bird theme, these birds – and bird-themed items – are lofty, elegant and creative. Here are a few ways that your wedding can soar on the wings of love.

Outdoor Wedding
Planning a wedding in a garden or park always seems to bring out the natural beauty of your love. Surrounded by the lush landscape of trees and beautiful flowers, it’s an atmosphere that is serene, inviting and perfect for a bird-themed wedding. Even if you don’t hear the birds chirping during the ceremony, you can make sure they make an appearance with bird wedding favors or bird cage tea light holders. Hanging birdcages with floral or greenery inside from the trees is a unique way to accent your special day.

Elegant Dinner Reception
You don’t have to choose an outdoor location to appreciate its beauty. Bring a bit of the outdoors inside with an elegant table decor. Using the “nest egg” theme as you build your nest together, create a wedding centerpiece that resembles a nest with either a plant or floral arrangement inside. You can also use it to display your wedding favors on the table for a unique presentation of bird-shaped bottle openers, for example. Adding bird place card holders or hand-painted birdhouses is also a nice touch.

Wedding Monograms
Birds and doves have long been popular wedding symbols of love, commitment and unity. Incorporating these traditional symbols into your wedding monogram is a trendy way to show your signature style! The design can be used on your save-the-date announcements, wedding website, wedding gift bags, and just about all of your printed materials, including invitations and stationery. An easy way to include them yourself and reduce printing charges is to have a self-inking stamp made of your monogram. Then you can stamp away and add a charming touch to just about anything. It’s a wonderful way to personalize your wedding.

Practical Gifts
Whether you’re considering unique wedding favors or bridal shower gifts, practical presents top the list for brides this year. Wanting something their guests will actually use and appreciate, many are considering bird nest tea lights, bottle stoppers, bookmarks, soaps and even love bird salt and pepper shakers. Each of them accents the bird theme in a thoughtful manner.

Wedding Cakes
When it comes to wedding cake designs, the sky’s the limit! Creative bakers are not limited to the traditional three-tier cakes anymore. Infusing art and style, some cake artisan’s creations are more like a sculpture than a dessert. From birds nesting on top to branches with birds swirling around the layers, there are numerous ways to feature birds on your wedding cake. A more subtle approach is to select bird-themed cake toppers, cake accessories and toasting flutes for the table. For another cute idea, turn a cupcake into a nest egg! Create a “nest” out of toasted coconut on top of a cupcake and add bird made of icing.

Wedding Accessories
From ring pillows to flower girl baskets, it’s easy to see the flutter of birds coming down the aisle. Perfect for spring and summer weddings, you can even decorate the aisle runner with a few birds.

Reference: buzzle.com

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